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An Albany neighborhood is re-tired

A group of between 30 and 40 tires has been illegally dumped on land along Barbre Lane in the South Albany Rio Vista Subdivision. Hundreds of tires were removed from state-owned land near the neighborhood last year.

A group of between 30 and 40 tires has been illegally dumped on land along Barbre Lane in the South Albany Rio Vista Subdivision. Hundreds of tires were removed from state-owned land near the neighborhood last year.

ALBANY — A South Albany neighborhood that last year saw hundreds of old tires removed from adjacent state-owned property has been re-tired.

Residents in the Rio Vista Subdivision just off Radium Springs Road, whose complaints led to Department of Natural Resources officials hauling away hundreds of dumped tires from state land along the Flint River late last year, found a pile of 30-40 tires on private property along Barbre Lane this week.

One resident said he was surprised to see the latest tire dump.

"As far as I can tell, that's private property," retired businessman and Navy veteran Ken Faircloth said. "The DNR kept their word and got those tires out of there on the state land, but evidently people think this is the place to dump tires."

If the land along Barbre is indeed private property, Code Enforcement officials would investigate the illegal dump site. The Code office was closed when The Herald attempted to make contact Friday evening.

Faircloth had contacted Albany Police Department officials to report the original dumping last year, but an investigation showed the land along the Flint River between Radium Springs Road and Oakridge Drive was purchased by the state as part of then-Gov. Roy Barnes' RiverCare 2000 greenspace program.

DNR Fisheries Supervisor Rob Weller, who works with the department's Wildlife Resources Division, took the initiative to remove the tires. DNR also erected gates on the property to keep dumpers out.

Also, some Albany citizens called The Herald recently to complain about a group selling old tires from the yard of a residence located at the junction of South Jackson Street and Oakridge Drive, only three miles from the Barbre dump site.